Our girl Sarah Haas will be away from the Friday Fundraisers desk for the next couple weeks while her duties at the great True/False Film Festival ramp up, so I’m here to sub in. I’ll keep it simple this week because I’m preparing a newsletter and database updates that I’m hoping to release before Oscar Sunday rolls in. Lots of work still to do!
But while we’re talking Oscars (I can’t resist)… This is once again a disappointing year for female directors — completely shunned in the top categories of Best Director and Best Picture. Some films I would like to have seen in either of those spaces: American Honey (Andrea Arnold), Maggie’s Plan (Rebecca Miller), Queen of Katwe (Mira Nair), and Certain Women (Kelly Reichardt). Why Disney didn’t get behind Queen of Katwe with a big awards push is beyond me, but I hope that didn’t stop you from seeing it and the rest of the excellent films by women last year. I’d love to hear what some of your favorites were from 2016 in the comments below.
In the meantime, we are super stoked that we’ll get to cheer for Ava DuVernay (“13th”) in the documentary category and Maren Ade (Toni Erdmann) in the foreign language race. And we’re happy to see improvement when it comes to appreciating the talents of people of color. Also, there are a number of reasons to watch and cheer tomorrow during my fave awards, the Independent Spirit Awards.
I don’t know what it will take to change the Academy’s resistance toward films by and about women, but I do hope it changes soon. We need ALL filmmakers, like those in our overflowing list of crowdfunders below, to know that they, too, can reach and be welcomed at the most distinguished levels of our industry.
Please join us this weekend on Twitter and Instagram for posts and commentary about the awards. But before that, make sure you spend a few minutes lifting up the filmmakers below!
Reminder: All of the projects listed below have female directors at the helm OR they are projects that benefit women directors (e.g., film festivals, funds, etc). The campaigns at the top of the list are the ones ending soonest, so get in there and support ASAP (with $$ or an RT on Twitter). Click the titles to go directly to each project’s crowdfunding page, those in italics are new additions this week.
Thanks for visiting and thank you very much for helping us support and raise awareness about WOMEN DIRECTORS AT WORK!
Crowdfunding Projects for Friday, February 24, 2017
SLUT OR NUT, directed by Kelly Showker – @slutornutmovie
TRIGGERED, directed by My Linh Tran – @Triggeredfilm_
BEAUTIFUL THINGS, directed by Paige Polk – @baepremium
ESCAPISM, directed by Mia Alexander – @EscapismMovie
BIOPHILIA, directed by Marina Michelson – @marina824
GOODNIGHT MOM, directed by Sara Luu – @goodnightmomfilm (IG)
I LOVE MY ROBOT BOYFRIEND, directed by Sariah May – @sariahmay09
ABOUT A DONKEY, directed by Christina Raia – @aboutadonkey @Craia9
MAKE IT GREEN, directed by Zoe Gieringer – n/a
ARE YOU REALLY MY FRIEND?, directed by Robin Greenspun – @tanjahollander
MIDNIGHTS, directed by Rita Ferrando – @rita_ferrando
TO LIFE, directed by Diane Dresback – @tolifemovie
AVI DOES THE HOLY LAND, directed by Tracy Levy & Danielle Angel – @AviHolyLand
MISS SNAKE CHARM, directed by Rachael Waxler and EmaLee Arroyo – @SnakeCharmMovie
LOVE HEARS, directed by Aleatha L. Williams – @lovehears
A NIGHT IN THE LIFE, directed by Gabrielle Gozo – @ANITLfilm, @gabriellegozo
THE DICK BIONDI FILM, directed by Pamela Enzweiler-Pulice – @DickBiondiFilm
ACT, directed by Danielle Kampf – @daniellekampf
LADY HUNTERS, directed by Angela Atwood – @Lady_Hunters
HARD ROAD, directed by Victoria Angelique – @victoriao87
YEMI’S DILEMMA, directed by Sade Oyinade – @yemisdilemma @sadeoyinade
If you’d like your project included in our next #FF Fri Fundraiser post, please email us with the details listed HERE.